SOUTH AFRICAN ENVIRONMENTALISTS GO TO COURT TO STOP NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAMME

South African environmental activists have taken the government to court over its proposed one trillion Rand (about 74.5 billion US dollars) nuclear energy development programme.

The environmental organizations say the programme is unnecessary and will bankrupt the country. There has been mounting opposition to the proposed nuclear project with opponents claiming that it is too expensive and that the programme is riddled with corruption.

The organizations say negotiations around the programme are not transparent and they have opted to go to court to stop it.

"After our questions regarding the contents of this agreement weren't answered, we felt compelled to go to court to force the government to comply with the requirements of the relevant legislation," said the Venerable Ani Tsondru, an environmental scientist and lawyer.

The activists say the programme will leave the country with a debt which will cripple the economy. Kumi Naidoo, a former director of Greenpeace International, adds: "Nuclear (energy) is too expensive, it's too dangerous and is not the solution."

Environmentalists say for back-up power, the government should be turning to renewable energy sources. The Department of Energy says it will not comment on the matter as it will be in court soon.

The case will be heard in the Cape Town High Court on Dec 13 and 14.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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